The Q&A Archives: Plant Labels

Question: I find that I forget too quickly what I have planted. I write and draw a map to help but often forget where I have stored it. The labels I put out do not last all that long in the weather. Do you have a suggestion for inexpensive, long lasting labels?

Answer: What you've experienced is pretty common among gardeners. If you've got some time, you can make inexpensive, long lasting labels out of old slats from vinyl mini-blinds. Just head to the nearest thrift store and purchase a light-colored mini-blind. Remove the slats and cut them into 6 inch lengths. You can cut one end into a point for ease in placing it in the ground. Use an indelible marker and write the name of the plant sideways on the slat. Then push it into the soil next to your plant. The slats weather well and will last for years. If you're into something a little more eye-appealing, just mark plant names on smooth river rocks and place them under, or at the foot of plants. If you're artistic, add some artwork!

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